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(TRAC – 1) 2018 : First Workshop on Trolling, Aggression and Cyberbullying


When Aug 25, 2018 - Aug 25, 2018
Where Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
Submission Deadline May 28, 2018
Notification Due Jun 20, 2018
Final Version Due Jun 30, 2018
Categories    computational lingustics   NLP   social media

Call For Papers

First Workshop on Trolling, Aggression and Cyberbullying (TRAC – 1) @ COLING 2018

25 August 2018, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA

As the number of people and this interaction over the web has increased, incidents of aggression and related activities like trolling, cyberbullying, flaming, hate speech, etc. have also increased manifold across the globe. The reach and extent of Internet has given such incidents unprecedented power and influence to affect the lives of billions of people. We are happy to announce that we are organising the First Workshop on Trolling, Aggression and Cyberbullying at 27thInternational Conference of Computational Linguistics (COLING – 2018) in New Mexico, USA on 25 August, 2018, focussing on these and other related phenomena, in both text (especially social media) and speech.

We invite original and unpublished full papers for powerpoint and poster presentations and demo of working systems around the following themes:

Theories and models of aggression and conflict in language.

Typology of verbal aggression and related phenomenon.

Discursive studies of verbal aggression, impoliteness and related phenomena in language.

Trolling, hate speech, cyberbullying and aggression on the web.

Abusive language and aggression on the web.

Multilingualism and aggression.

Resource Development - Speech and Text Corpora, Annotation Guidelines and Best Practices for aggression detection

Computational Models and Methods for aggression detection in text and speech.

Automatic detection of aggression on the web (both text and speech).

Automatic detection of trolling and cyberbullying on the web (both text and speech).

Automatic detection of physical threat on the web (both text and speech).

Automatic detection of hate speech on the web (both text and speech).

Automatic censorship and moderation: ethical, legal and technological issues and challenges (both text and speech).


The papers might be submitted for one of the following categories -
Long Paper (completed work - 9 pages)
Short Paper (work in progress - 5 pages)
Demo of a working system/library / API (described in maximum 2 pages, with a link to the actual system, if available) - we strongly prefer open-source and free systems for demo at the workshop

Both long and short papers may be presented using PowerPoint or Poster, depending on the medium that is considered most appropriate for the paper by the Program Committee. Please note the workshop does not make any hierarchical distinction between papers and posters and the decision does NOT reflect the quality of the paper - the choice between the two mediums of the presentation will only be made based on its suitability and appropriateness for presenting the content of the paper.

Submissions should be formatted according to the COLING 2018 template - these will be provided in LaTeX and also Microsoft Word format on the COLING Website. As with the main conference, submissions will only be accepted in PDF format and deviations from the provided templates will result in rejections without review. Papers are to be submitted by the end of the deadline day via the workshop's SoftConf site (TBD).

Submission guidelines and the link will be updated in due course of time!

Shared Task on Aggression Identification

We also solicit system submissions for the Shared Task on Aggression Identification, being organised as part of the workshop. As part of the shared task, the participants will be provided an aggression-annotated dataset of around 15,000 Facebook posts and comments in code-mixed Hindi – English.

Please register at for participation in the shared task.

Workshop Paper Dates

Submission of Paper: 28 May, 2018

Notification of acceptance: 20 June, 2018

Camera-ready version: 30 June, 2018

Workshop Date: 25 August, 2018

Shared Task Dates

Training Set Release: 10 March, 2018

Test Set Release: 20 April, 2018

Submissions Due: 22 April, 2018

Results Announcement: 25 April, 2018

System Papers Deadline: 28 May, 2018

Review for Papers: 20 June, 2018

Camera-ready Version: 30 June, 2018


For any further queries/clarifications, please send us an email to

Organising Committee

Ritesh Kumar, Dr. Bhim Rao Ambedkar University, Agra (Co-chair)

Daniel Kadar, Research Institute for Linguistics, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest (Co-chair)

Atul Kr. Ojha, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

Bornini Lahiri, Jadavpur University, Kolkata

Mayank, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

Yogesh Dawer, Dr. Bhim Rao Ambedkar University, Agra

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